“My Overall Game Wasn’t There”

alertlevelWe can try pointing the finger at Rajon Rondo’s struggles and Ray Allen’s cold shooting as reason for the Celtics current cold streak.  But the fact of the matter is that the Celtics defense has abandoned them.

This season, the Celtics are scoring 101 points and giving up 91.  It’s the second best spread in the league.  Over the last 10, the Celtics are scoring almost 103, but giving up almost 95.  And that includes the 108-63 and 108-83 blow outs of Sacramento and Washington… so that number is actually closer than it seems.  And worse, the C’s are giving up an abnormally high amount of easy baskets.  There’s no way DJ Augestin should be that wide open for 3… or Emeka Okafor that wide open for a dunk… in overtime.  Someone on the Celtics will make shots, but the C’s won’t win if they keep missing assignments.  And Kevin Garnett says it’s his fault.

“I’ll take credit for that,” he said. “I’m the one who usually is the person for that, and I haven’t done a good job at it. My overall game wasn’t there.”

Garnett is a warrior.  He’s playing through something right now… be it physcial or mental.  I love that attidude of “if I can walk, I can play.”  But I’m wondering if someone needs to intervene and give KG a day off or something.  I’d even be OK with him sitting out tonight.  Whatever it takes to get a consistent effort from KG… something that has been lacking lately.

Coach Doc Rivers said Garnett “looked OK. He was aggressive down the stretch. We just need to see that all game. Those two post moves down the stretch, that’s how we have to get that, all game. He made a concerted effort to score in the paint.”

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8 Responses

  1. A downturn from the killer pace we came out of the blocks with was inevitable. Seventy two and ten seasons are rare birds. Losing streaks can happen for a variety of reasons, but will almost always show up, no matter how great the team. We is human.

    I’m very glad it is happening now, rather than at the end of the season near playoff time. Get this shit outa da way…we gonna be fine.

  2. I’m with ya there. I guess part of what we do here is bitch… but part of it is looking to see if there’s an underlying systemic issue that’s contributing to it.

  3. I’m at the umm… level right now. If the Magic pass us in the standings then I will upgrade to the trade someone, sign someone, fire Doc level. Wow, I now realize how important Posey was for our bench. I wish we had him now. Also I don’t like how Doc doesn’t give POB or Pruitt any playing time. POB can contribute more than Scal, and Pruitt will give our bench more offensive power.

  4. I underestimated Poze too. Last summer, I said if he didn’t want to take our offer and be on this team, fuck him, we can win without him. I’m starting to wonder how true that is.

    John’s post got me to thinking: maybe Garnett’s injury last year was exactly what this team needed. KG’s injury got him some much needed rest and was a test to see if other guys can step up in his absence. It gave the other guys the motivation to show they could win without him and then the team got an extra boost when KG returned.

  5. POB just doesn’t do it for me. I’m thinking Marbury is just what this team needs to shake things up a bit. God knows they need some shaking up. I could really see Eddie House trying to coerce some passion into those guys last night, but it just wasn’t there. I guess for P2 Ticket and Ray it’s a strange time. They got what they always wanted and celebrated for a while, then there was Banner night, and then the win-streak. Now I think it has finally hit them-it’s time to REALLY dig deep again and go back to work…This slump/skid/funk could be the best thing to happen to the 2008-09 Boston Celtics.

  6. POB can’t stay on the court, that’s the problem. He gets like 2 fouls every minute he’s out there. Not much Doc can do about that. TA just isn’t good. He’s a charge waiting to happen. Plus he’s not smart, can’t shoot, and doesn’t protect the ball when he gets in the lane.
    Every team goes through funks, but they’re losing to some of the worst teams in the league. That’s what’s annoying me. Slump or not, if you’re one of the best teams in the league you have to beat GS, NY, and CHA. POR and LA I can live with.

  7. Well, last year they lost to Charlotte and the Wizards. I understand what you are saying though.

  8. “Who let Rick Pitino in here?”

    The funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

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